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A year after nearly everyone picked the Hiroshima Carp to win their first Central League pennant since 1991, that elusive goal is now firmly on the agenda of the men in red.

Hiroshima’s offense had scored 383 runs going into Wednesday’s games, more than any team in Japan, while the pitching and defense surrendered 293 — one run more than the Yokohama BayStars’ CL-best 292.

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